The FLAG area is situated in the south of the Istrian peninsula. All local self-government units, apart from the Svetvinčenat municipality, are coastal. The area is very rich in historical and cultural heritage which to a large extent is linked with the sea and fisheries. A significant part of the area is under the protection of Natura 2000.
The main economic activity of the FLAG area is tourism. In the region, as well as in the entire Istrian county, fishing is a traditional economic activity. With a total of 287 registered fishing boats, the FLAG area accounts for 25.29% of the total number of fishing vessels of the Istrian County and 3.66% of the number of registered vessels in Croatia. Challenges for the FLAG include the following:
The Natura 2000 area occupies and covers a total of 18 areas of conservation for species, habitat types and birds.
The objectives and priorities of the FLAG strategy are designed to complement the attributes of the region, stimulating an innovative approach to addressing the challenges faced by the area. Accordingly, the main strategic objectives include the following:
Project examples and ideas for the FLAG include:
There will be periodic calls for projects which will be promoted through the FLAG website.
The FLAG has experience in cooperation with the Italian FLAG Chioggia e Delta del Po and the Spanish FLAG Costa da Morte; the FLAGs were visited by representatives of the FLAG and future ideas of cooperation were agreed. The FLAG is interested in cooperation with other national and international FLAGs.
Two towns and eight municipalities, twenty-one fishing businesses, eight representatives of the civic sector (mostly NGO’s).